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WS/FCS To Provide COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff at All School Locations

Update on WS/FCS COVID Testing

February 14, 2022 – Testing for COVID-19 has begun at all schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Volunteers have been trained with the help of Novant Health educators. Most of the volunteers are also COVID coordinators in their schools.  

This is a coordinated effort with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health and WS/FCS to help students and staff return to work or school by providing rapid antigen tests for symptomatic individuals in schools. They have been trained on PPE use, how to administer the test to a student or staff member, and how to document results in a state program called electronic COVID-19 Aggregate Test Reporting or eCATR.  

“Testing in our communities is limited, and for some parents and staff it’s hard to make appointments and wait for test results,” said Katie Key, WS/FCS Director of Nurses. “This is time they could actually spend in school.  If they are symptomatic, they can get a test and possibly return within 24 hours if they are negative, and their symptoms are improving. These are rapid tests that provide results within fifteen minutes. Per the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, those testing negative and have felt well for 24 hours can return to school.” 

Some of the schools started testing symptomatic students and staff last week and some of them will start this week. More volunteers will also be trained this week and should begin testing next week.